From Foreign Affairs, an interview with Robert Kaplan on China. A review of The End of the Revolution: China and the Limits of Modernity by Wang Hui. Behold China: Repressive at home, aggressive abroad, driving Obama nuts. After years of gender-based abortions, China is facing a huge surplus of young men — will that mean more crime, more homosexuality or even a war to weed out weaker males? A look at 5 possible consequences. Andrew Walder on his book Fractured Rebellion: The Beijing Red Guard Movement. Can China save the world by consuming more? China's exchange rate is a red herring: The US obsession with the Chinese exchange rate is a classic example of blaming foreigners for domestic woes. An article on China's undocumented migrant problem. For all of China’s economic achievements, the heyday of its entrepreneurs lies more than 20 years in the past; renewing that era’s rural capitalism would yield more balanced growth and go a long way toward reducing today’s trade tensions. A review of The Beijing Consensus: How China's Authoritarian Model Will Dominate the Twenty-first Century by Stefan Halper (and more and more). China’s arranged remarriages: With help from family, friends and the government, widows and widowers from China’s earthquake are finding each other. Are we looking at the end of the world as we have known it, or will the Middle Kingdom redefine the market economy and democracy in its own image? Tom Scocca reviews When China Rules the World by Martin Jacques. Why factories are leaving China: A labor shortage is trimming margins for exporters, who are moving to Vietnam, India, and elsewhere. The introduction to Adapted for the Screen: The Cultural Politics of Modern Chinese Fiction and Film by Hsiu-Chuang Deppman.
From Education Review, a review of Contemporary Anarchist Studies. From Fast Company, here’s a look at products designed to meet the direst needs in disaster. Too Bad Not to Fail: Just what are derivatives, and how much more damage can they do? A review of The Endurance of National Constitutions by Zachary Elkins, Tom Ginsburg, and James Melton. The Disease Chaser: Richard Kelley, a professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, has made a career out of tracking diseases down. A review of What's Eating You? People and Parasites by Eugene H Kaplan. Something about Sally: Trying times for D.C.’s former Queen Bee. Dear Hotmail: What the hell happened to you? From GQ, Gavin McInnes on 12 criminally lame moments in hipster style. The word of God in every language on Earth: The Bible Society's hi-tech mission brings Gospel to remote tribes. An interview with Alexander Zaitchik, author of Common Nonsense: Glenn Beck and the Triumph of Ignorance (and more). Is it possible to design a better stop sign? From TPM, Ian Carter develops a feeling for Italian philosophy. From Edge, Emanuel Derman, author of My Life as a Quant, on breaking the cycle. An interview with Geoffrey Jones, author of Beauty Imagined: A History of the Global Beauty Industry. A review of How to Live: A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer by Sarah Bakewell. Jacob Silverman reviews The Line by Olga Grushin. The importance of including cell-only households in phone surveys continues to grow alongside the difficulty of getting accurate results if you don’t. Kirk Savage on his book Monument Wars: Washington, D.C., the National Mall, and the Transformation of the Memorial Landscape (and more). Fall asleep in the Oval Office? You could win a "Scowcroft award".
From Zocalo, how does direct democracy work? The first chapter from Democratic Governance by Mark Bevir. Mark Satin on the 50 most significant modern and contemporary political ideologies. From America, a review of Conscience and the Common Good: Reclaiming the Space Between Person and State by Robert K. Vischer. Paleo moment: A review of Bringing America Home: How America Lost Her Way and How We Can Find Our Way Back by Tom Pauken. Abortion is not simply a cause of our civilizational decline; it is a symptom, first and foremost, of the increasing destruction of Christianity from within. American conservatives right now do not seem to realize that we are in the immediate post-Dunkirk phase of a desired political recovery. Showdown at the GOP Corral: Western conservatives and Southern conservatives battle for the soul of the Republican Party. From Chronicles, William Murchison on the gay-parenting vogue (and more at Salon on the gay baby boom); and for people allergic to leftist sentimentality, these past few months have been difficult: We are especially prone to legislative hysteria when children are involved. Jessica Valenti on the fake feminism of Sarah Palin. Robert Perkinson om how the GOP became the White Man's Party. Barack Obama upped African American voter turnout and inspired a new generation of African American candidates; he also helped activate white Americans motivated by racial animosity in their civic lives. Is the GOP's point man for recruiting black candidates hiding a fake Ph.D. and a violent past? Party of No: How Republicans and the Right have tried to thwart all social progress. It’s not a Tea Party, silly, it’s a rebellion. No Country for Straw Men: Liberal fascism isn't at hand, but good luck convincing conservatives of that.
From The American Scholar, Christian Wiman on how to be alive spiritually is to feel the ultimate anxiety of existence within the trivial anxieties of everyday life. More and more and more and more on At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson. When Washington took on Wall Street: With Republicans having threatened to block reform and Goldman Sachs fighting fraud charges, Alan Brinkley looks back at the Pecora Commission hearings, which riveted America, and asks why there is no comparable investigation now. Is a little bullying — offline and online — good for you? A fantasy Supreme Court: Nine legal rabble-rousers who'd never make President Obama’s shortlist, but we can dream. Can you tell what’s going on in this 2001 correction/apology published by the Ottawa Citizen? A review of Massacred for Gold: The Chinese In Hells Canyon by R. Gregory Nokes. A review of Bourdieu in Algeria: Colonial Politics, Ethnographic Practices, Theoretical Developments. A panel on Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy by Raghuram Rajan. A need to feed: Jack McLain on what zombies tell us about our culture. The failed car-bombing in Times square and the dizzying stock market crash less than a week later mark the book ends of terrorist eras. A look at 8 health foods that are bad for your health. In math you have to remember, in other subjects you can think about it. Rumors of Book Expo's demise are greatly exaggerated; Scott McLemee returns from the university press "ghetto". John Judis on how the Tea Party Movement isn’t racist — but that’s not to say there aren’t racists in it. Wired has Clay Shirky and Daniel Pink sit down for a conversation about motivation and media, social networking, sitcoms, and why the hell people spend their free time editing Wikipedia.
From CeROArt, Paolo Martore (Tuscia): The Contemporary Artwork Between Meaning and Cultural Identity; Annlinn Kruger (LOC): The Play's the Thing: Staging Conservation and the Role of Conscience; and Richard McCoy (IAM): Collaborating in the Public’s Domain. Immigrant artisans created an exuberant American art form on New York’s tenements at the turn of the 20th century; the only major public collection of their work now lies in a heap behind the Brooklyn Museum. A review of Art as Plunder: The Ancient Origins of Debate about Cultural Property by Margaret M. Miles. How Andrea Palladio influenced the design of the White House, the New York Stock Exchange, and other American landmarks. From The Toronto Star, an article on the interplay between art and Ikea. Jonathan Taylor reviews Folk Photography: The American Real-Photo Postcard 1905–1930 by Luc Sante. Joshua Shannon on his book The Disappearance of Objects: New York Art and the Rise of the Postmodern City. Jacob Holdt is one of America’s most important photographers and he’s not even American. Divine Image: What can the godless learn from religious art? From Venice to Vegas: Martin Filler on the back stories of buildings. Women in Architecture: What do they bring to the table? Do they offer a working style or leadership style different from those of men? 40 Years in Art: David Deitcher on White Columns, Paula Cooper, and El Museo del Barrio. From FT, a review essay on Renaissance art. Too much of a great thing: Terry Teachout on the case for giving overexposed masterworks a rest. Does Banksy's Exit Through the Gift Shop mark the end of the street art movement? Outside the Frame: How Asia changed the course of American art. A review of Leo and His Circle: The Life of Leo Castelli by Annie Cohen-Solal.